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 By Philissa Cramer    News    August 12, 2022 

Netanyahu's annexation vow threatened Abraham Accords and US support, Jared Kushner says in new book

(JTA) — When Benjamin Netanyahu, then Israel’s prime minister, failed to meet his own deadline to announce a plan to annex portions of the West Bank during the summer of 2020, it wasn’t just his usual critics and advocates for the prompt creati...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    August 5, 2022

AIPAC giving major force in Michigan House primary that could end Jewish Democratic political dynasty

(JTA) — The Democratic primary next week in Michigan’s 11th District could end a four-decade Jewish political dynasty — and spending by the country’s biggest pro-Israel lobby is playing a significant role. Because of redistricting, the race...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    July 15, 2022

In first speech as Israeli prime minister, Yair Lapid calls to stem extremism in politics

(JTA) — Yair Lapid might only be Israel’s interim prime minister, but he appears to be determined to maximize the position in the four months he is guaranteed to occupy it. In a speech delivered Saturday night, Lapid laid out a set of beliefs...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    July 8, 2022

Vladimir Zelenko, Orthodox doctor who promoted COVID-19 treatment, dies at 48

(JTA) - Vladimir Zelenko, the doctor from an Orthodox enclave near New York City who rose to fame early in the COVID-19 pandemic for promoting a drug cocktail, has died of cancer at 48. The...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    July 8, 2022

Days after US ends right to abortion, Israel eases restrictions on ending pregnancies

(JTA) — Israelis seeking to end pregnancies will no longer be required to appear before an approval committee, go to a hospital for medication or be asked invasive questions about why they want an abortion. A Knesset committee approved the new...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    June 10, 2022

SF Giants' Jewish manager is skipping national anthem

(JTA) — In the summer of 2020, Gabe Kapler, then in his first season as manager of the San Francisco Giants, joined figures across sports in taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Now, two years later, Kapler has...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    May 13, 2022

What do Jews say about abortion?

(JTA) — The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and our partner sites at 70 Faces Media have answered the question many times over the years, a testament to its persistence in political life and its significance to American Jews: What do Jews believe about...

 

All in a twitter about Elon Musk

(JTA) - Let's get one thing out of the way: Elon Musk is not Jewish. But his acquisition of Twitter comes amid longstanding problems with antisemitism and hate speech on the platform - and Jewish...

 

Netflix's 'Russian Doll' features a Hungarian 'Gold Train' filled with Nazi loot. What's the real story?

(JTA) — When Season 2 of “Russian Doll,” Natasha Lyonne’s sci-fi exploration of identity and trauma, dropped on Netflix Friday, it immediately became clear that teasers of the season’s Jewish content were not overblown. In the season,...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    April 15, 2022

Israel's coalition in crisis

(JTA) - Of all the issues facing Israel - violence within the country, how to handle Russia's war on Ukraine, Iran - the one that appears to have put the country's delicate governing coalition at...

 

Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir is a hero to Ukrainians in the fight against Russia

(JTA) - The most prominent Jewish figure in Ukraine right now is the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The runner-up may well be another country's famous Jewish leader. Golda Meir, the fourth...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 11, 2022

Ukraine's Zelensky to world's Jews: 'Do not remain silent right now'

(JTA) - The morning after Russian bombs fell at the site of a 1941 massacre of Ukrainian Jews, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the world's Jews to speak out about what is happening...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 11, 2022

18 things to know about Volodymyr Zelensky

(JTA) — The world has had a crash course on Volodymyr Zelensky in recent days, as the Ukrainian president has galvanized his country against an unprovoked attack by neighboring Russia. The broad strokes of Zelensky’s career have long been known...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 4, 2022

Ukraine's Zelensky to world's Jews: 'Do not remain silent right now'

(JTA) — The morning after Russian bombs fell at the site of a 1941 massacre of Ukrainian Jews, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the world’s Jews to speak out about what is...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 4, 2022

Zelensky is a 'modern Maccabee'

(JTA) — One week ago, Jews outside of Ukraine knew Volodymyr Zelensky as the world leader on the other end of the “perfect phone call” that resulted in the impeachment of President Donald Trump. But now, after days of watching Zelensky...

 

His Jewish wedding at a Nazi enclave was a 'middle finger extended to Hitler' - so was the rest of his life

(JTA) - Felice Jacobs and Alan Feldstein could have tied the knot in Phoenix, where they met and where his mother worked at the local Reform synagogue. Or they could have held their wedding on the...

 

In HBO's 'And Just Like That' finale, a 'they mitzvah' challenges Jewish traditions

(JTA) - Spoiler alert: This story contains details from "Seeing the Light," the season finale of HBO's "And Just Like That," which first aired Feb. 3, 2022. The previews for the season finale of "And...

 

Emma Saltzberg didn't expect to win on 'Jeopardy!' - but criticism of her Israel activism came as no surprise

(JTA) — Emma Saltzberg knew she might invite criticism by competing on “Jeopardy!” From her years of experience in progressive Jewish groups, including IfNotNow, a group founded in 2014 to galvanize American Jews to oppose Israel’s...

 

Netflix's 'The Tinder Swindler'

(JTA) — Tinder says it has banned Shimon Hayut and all of his known aliases. But it’s hard to imagine anyone swiping right on the Israeli who masqueraded as a son of the Russian-Israeli diamond dealer Lev Leviev while allegedly defrauding women...

 

ABC suspends Whoopi over Holocaust comments

(JTA) — ABC has suspended Whoopi Goldberg from her role as a co-host of a morning TV talk show for two weeks amid criticism of Goldberg’s characterization of the Holocaust. Goldberg will take two weeks off from the show, ABC News President Kim...

 

Tennessee school board removes 'Maus,' iconic Holocaust book, from its curriculum

(JTA) - A Tennessee school board voted unanimously to remove "Maus," Art Spiegelman's graphic memoir about his father's Holocaust experience, from its curriculum after board members raised objections...

 

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl details call with Texas gunman in 'Captives of Hope' sermon

(JTA) - The New York City rabbi who spoke twice to the man who held Jews hostage in their Texas synagogue last week detailed the experience in a sermon Friday night. Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central...

 

'What is rabbi?': Angela Buchdahl becomes a 'Jeopardy!' clue

(JTA) — Few rabbis appear before more people than Angela Buchdahl, the senior rabbi of New York City’s 2,000-member Central Synagogue. But Buchdahl may have become one of the most recognizable rabbis ever after her name — and face — appeared...

 

Emhoff picks putting mezuzah on VP house as a top memory

(JTA) — When Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, picked a favorite memory from the last year for a reflective Thanksgiving-themed tweet on Thursday, he didn’t turn to the day in January when his wife was sworn in or mention...

 

Ultra-Orthodox protest Women's Western Wall service

(JTA) - Women of the Wall's monthly prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem was disrupted yet again by more than 100 Orthodox protesters, a day after former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

 

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